Minnesota at Iowa - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota (15-16) at Iowa (20-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Iowa -1.5 Over/Under: 149
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-16, 8-12 CONF) and the Iowa Hawkeyes (20-11, 11-9 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the 2nd Round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament. The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN and it is scheduled for a 2:25 PM ET start time.
Minnesota defeated Northwestern, 74-57 in the first round of the conference tourney on Wednesday evening. Minnesota took a little while to get going, but once they found their groove, it was smooth sailing. Iowa had a bye for the first round of the tournament. Iowa ended its regular-season schedule with a loss to Illinois, 78-76 on the road.
*** Stats for Minnesota are from before their 1st Round game.
Minnesota scores 71.0 points per game on 42.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Minnesota's leading scorer and rebounder is C Daniel Oturu, who scores 20.0 points per game and earns 11.4 rebounds per game. Minnesota allows 66.6 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.4 scoring differential so far this season. Minnesota also earns 39.2 rebounds, 15.1 assists, 4.7 blocks, and 4.7 steals per game as a team.
Iowa scores 77.7 points per game on 45.1 percent field goal shooting this season. Iowa's leading scorer and rebounder is C Luka Garza, who scores 23.9 points per game and earns 9.8 rebounds per game. Iowa allows 72.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +5.4 scoring differential so far this season. Iowa also earns 37.5 rebounds, 17.4 assists, 3.9 blocks, and 6.2 steals per game as a team.
Minnesota is 17-11-3 against the spread this season and 5-3-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Minnesota is also 2-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Iowa is 15-14-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Iowa is also 0-1 at neutral site locations so far this season.
The line has not been released for this game yet, therefore I will make my final score prediction and update this article in the morning. This has the makings of a great Big Ten clash between two teams that have awesome big men in Luka Garza and Daniel Oturu. I think Iowa's outside shooting will give them the edge in this matchup, so I think Iowa wins 74-67.
Update: I will take Iowa -1.5